The Void (2016) - Steven Kostanski & Jeremy Gillespie

92/100

ONE OF THE BEST LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR MOVIES. SO MUCH DREAD!

Directors: Steven Kostanski & Jeremy Gillespie
Producers: Jonathan Bronfman & Casey Walker
Writers: Steven Kostanski & Jeremy Gillespie
Starring: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, and Mik Byskov
Studio: Cave Painting Pictures, JoBro Productions, 120db Films, XYZ Films and The Salt Company
Release Date: September 22, 2016

The Void is a 2016 independent Canadian horror film that was written and directed by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie. Starring Aaron Poole, who was great. Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong and Mik Byskov as Simon. It was a crowdfunded project that had raised over $80,000 via social media. The filmmakers were inspired by Guillermo Del Toro and horror movies of the 80’s.

Late at night and deep in the woods, Sheriff Carter finds an injured man on the side of the highway. He rushes the man to the nearest hospital. A daunting building that had been nearly abandoned due to a recent fire. The doctors rush to help the injured man while Carter waits for some answers. But strange things start to happen. A menacing group of hooded cultists surround the building. People start cutting their faces off. Giant tentacle creatures burst out of bloodied bodies. Doctors get eaten. And a small group find a gateway to hell.

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Filmmakers, Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie capture the unknown in a way that has never been done before. Delivering a deep dive into the unknown darkness of Lovecraftian horror. Body horror that challenges your senses. Peaking your uncomfortability, and forcing you to the edge of your seat. And that’s just the ambiance. These guys knocked it out of the park with amazing practical effects. They created some grotesque creature designs that would make H.P. Lovecraft’s skin crawl. We are also treated to copious amounts of blood and guts. Buckets of blood and guts. It was terrifying. The scenes in hell are haunting.

The Void is one of the best Lovecraftian horror movies to date. Right up there with In the Mouth of Madness, Prince of Darkness and Necronomicon. It isn’t based on anything Lovecraft had written. However, it serves as an homage to his work. Pure otherworldly horror that leaves you wishing for more insanity! I love this movie and would gladly watch it again. It’s a testament to hard-work in filmmaking. If you bust your ass, you can make a movie that looks as good as The Void without spending a shit-ton of money.